A tale of keyed up MYSOREANS!
The 4th best place to visit in the world in 2010 according to the NY times, Mysore is a small yet proud city. Mysore is a cricket crazy city like its counterpart Bangalore.
Unlike other cities, we Mysoreans are excited about Ranji Trophy matches which take place here. Unlike other cities, we watch Ranji Trophy matches on every single day resulting in the stadium being jam packed. Unlike other cities, we carry placards and vuvuzelas to Ranji trophy matches and cheer on our heroes. Unlike other cities, we scramble for Ranji trophy passes and hope with all our hearts that we at least have a glimpse at our heroes from a close angle. Unlike other cities, we fight to get autographs from extra players as well!!!
Last year, when it was announced that the Ranji Trophy finals between Karnataka and Mumbai would be held in Mysore, there was reverie all around. It was like the world cup final was going to be held in Mysore. Rated as the best wicket and best atmosphere to play in by Sunil Gavaskar, the Gangothri Glades stadium was full to the brim with people perched on trees trying to get a glimpse of the action. Unlucky people who could not get a seat in 6the packed stadium crowded at electronic stores watching action live on NEO SPORTS! Karnataka lost and there was shouts of Uthappa down down! :(
However, a lot has changed, yet remained the same in the last 8 months. People have started respecting Robin Uthappa again thanks to his brilliant batting in the IPL. However, the average Mysorean hasn't lost his interest in cricket and has been waiting all along for the next Ranji match. THEY WILL GET A TASTE OF THE ACTION, COME WEDNESDAY WHEN KARNATAKA TAKE ON BARODA AT THE GANGOTHRI GLADES STADIUM. I'VE BOOKED MY PASS, HOW ABOUT YOU, OTHER MYSOREANS?